What You'll Do
With its delicate taste and tantalizing carbonation, champagne has long been a byword for luxury. But there's more to the drink than fancy parties and bubbly showers for racecar champs—it possesses all the subtleties of grape type, production climate, and fermentation strategies inherent in any wine. With International Master of Wine Joel Butler—a 40-year veteran of the industry—you'll explore the range of modern bubblies, tasting eight varieties from around the globe. In addition to training your tongue, Joel will cover the best ways to serve the effervescent beverage and give a demo on sabering, the flashy trick of opening a bottle with the stroke of a long blade.
Taste Sparkling Wines from Around the World
Sip eight different varieties of sparkling wine, discerning the differences that make each unique
Learn from a Master
Enjoy your drink as 40-year wine industry veteran Joel Butler explains what sets expensive bottles apart and guides taste buds toward unique flavor notes
Learn the best ways to serve sparkling wine to guests and see firsthand how an expert "sabers" a bottle of bubbly
Each event is capped at 30 participants; each event requires a minimum of 5 participants in order to take place.
There may be no drink more tied to the land and its history than wine, so its fitting that it was a master's in European history that led Joel Butler to his current oenophilic career. While traveling the Continent, he became fascinated with the different regions' unique varieties of wine, eventually becoming one of the first two International Masters of Wine certified at the organization's North American branch. Today, Joel continues to combine his passion for history with his zeal for wine. He's even written a history of the drink in ancient and modern-day biblical lands.
Where You'll Meet
Named after its original function as a copper and steel manufactory, The Foundry ensconces visitors in a combination of industrial design and modern luxury. Delicate chandeliers hang from the exposed-concrete ceiling, intermingling with serpentine air ducts above guests enjoying sips of champagne.